Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
This week was something fun. First, we were back as a group in the San Francisco studio, which is always fun. Even better, we had NEA’s Rick Yang on hand to chat with Danny and Alex about the week. Yang, as old-school Equity listeners will recall, was on the show back in 2017. (Equity turns three soon, which is somewhat amazing.)
All that aside, let’s talk about what we talked about. As always, we kicked off with three rounds:
- Sendoso raises $ 40 million on the back of 330% revenue growth
- Finix raises $ 35 million for its payments infra product with Sequoia as its new lead
- Elodie Games picks up $ 5 million for cross-platform, in-house games (this sounds super cool)
After that we chugged through a mountain of news. First up, the confirmation of a story that we mentioned on the show before, namely the existence of a new venture fund (angel pool, perhaps) from the CEO of email startup Superhuman Rahul Vora and Eventjoy founder Todd Goldberg. The $ 7 million vehicle is going to cut pre-seed sized checks ($ 75,000 to $ 200,000), which should make it a popular pit stop for pre-revenue companies.
What next? Well, Casper of course. The company’s IPO pricing and debut was this week, something that we’ve had something to say about. That, and the latest from One Medical’s strong post-IPO performance, and the news that Asana has filed privately to go public in a direct listing.
That last item was of particular interest, as the company hasn’t raised as much cash as other companies that we’ve seen direct list, the Spotifys and Slacks of the world. So has it raised capital that we haven’t heard about, or has it simply not spent the capital it has raised? If it had spent the money, then wouldn’t it want to raise some like with a traditional IPO? Mysteries! Riddles that will be solved when we get to see the damn filing.
Oh, and Spotify continues to pour money into podcasting. Which everyone ’round the table thought was pretty smart.